This post is prompted by an editorial in the San Francisco Chronicle, How San Franciscans ruin Leibovitz — and the electorate by Daniel P. Beckmann, Ph.D., a former Obama campaign digital strategist. In it he bemoans a show of Annie Leibovitz photographs to the Bay Area audience that stifled opposition. Beckmann stated that the audience reaction took away from free interpretation of the photographs by voicing a loud opinion of … Read the rest
The horrific attacks in Las Vegas underscored a feeling for me of being truly wary of large groups of people and being at risk of a terrorist attack.
The police call these events “soft targets:” places where people gather and are unprotected and particularly vulnerable.
I shop, I go to malls and my husband and I travel and we attend events. In fact a couple of years ago I … Read the rest
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Long before Congress passed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010, San Francisco offered affordable healthcare to all residents. The Healthy San Francisco program costs substantially less than private health insurance plans.
Tse Dong Chow, a typical user, is waiting to see a doctor at North East Medical Services, a large community clinic in San Francisco’s Chinatown. He’s a trim and energetic 60-year-old wearing a pressed … Read the rest
“It’s the dream city at the edge of the continent, an exotic jumble of cultures, a fogbound oasis offering freedom and escape for people hoping to shed the past and begin anew.” San Francisco Chronicle THE LITERARY SCENE / San Francisco, Writers’ Heaven April 14, 1996.
• Writers come to San Francisco in part because of the romance of the City by the Bay, or as the famed San Francisco … Read the rest
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Well-researched and brilliantly written, Taking Aim At The President: The Remarkable Story Of The Woman Who Shot At Gerald Ford by Geri Spieler explores the life of one of the two women who attempted to assassinate the president. … Read the rest
One major key to the ethos of San Francisco is the city’s explosive and unbalanced growth from 800 to 25,000 people in one year. Twenty-five thousand were men; miners under the age of 40 and 2,000 were prostitutes. San Francisco Tim’s History and Tour Maps
The adventurers who came to mine for gold survived formidable hardships, whether they traveled overland or around Cape Horn. They were self-sufficient and independent minded … Read the rest
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“I didn’t know there was any help out there. … I’d probably be dead if I’d stayed in Stockton.” — Terry, an Army vet suffering from PTSD who found the help she needed to recover in the San Francisco Bay Area
One day if I do go to heaven, I’ll look around and say, ‘It ain’t bad, but it ain’t San Francisco.
— Pulitzer Prize winner … Read the rest
A writer is a writer is a writer, no matter what genre we practice. We all suffer the ups and downs with creativity, inspiration, and despair.
I say this with all confidence, although some may argue that literary fiction writers are different than those who are journalists, nonfiction authors, and freelancers.
Rubbish. We all have our great moments of inspiration or times when we can’t find the right word to … Read the rest
I don’t have tickets to the Super Bowl game but I live in Silicon Valley and have the opportunity to participate in public Super Bowl celebrations.
Therein lies the dilemma: Whether to join the throngs of people in the middle of San Francisco for pregame festivities.
I mention this dilemma because of all the security issues that abound here, it is a major target. I’m a little closer to the … Read the rest
By Geri Spieler – Research Director, Gartner
When CEO Josh Silverman joined Evite.com, A San Francisco-based start-up that lets users organize group events online, he never imagined he’d need the help of anything as formal as a business incubator.
But within weeks after becoming employee number four in early January 1999, Silverman realized that navigating the San Francisco labyrinths of office space, construction permits, and equipment purchases was much … Read the rest